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Statement from the President on the Senate’s Failure to Confirm Debo Adegbile

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

March 05, 2014

The Senates failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant. Mr. Adegbiles qualifications are impeccable. He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked. His unwavering dedication to protecting every Americans civil and Constitutional rights under the law including voting rights could not be more important right now. And Mr. Adegbiles personal story rising from adversity to become someone who President Bushs Solicitor General referred to as one of the nations most capable litigators is a story that proves what America has been and can be for people who work hard and play by the rules. As a lawyer, Mr. Adgebile has played by the rules. And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him. The fact that his nomination was defeated solely based on his legal representation of a defendant runs contrary to a fundamental principle of our system of justice and those who voted against his nomination denied the American people an outstanding public servant.